Who is Xavi Hernandez? All the details and facts on one of the greatest midfielders ever

Who is Xavi Hernandez? All the details and facts on one of the greatest midfielders ever

Just who is Xavi Hernadez, anyway? He is the coach of the Barcelona football team and played professionally in Spain. His passing, vision, ability to keep possession of the ball, and positioning earned him a reputation as one of the finest midfielders of all time.

Xavi Hernandez's age
Xavi Hernandez, head coach of FC Barcelona, at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on January 1, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: Marc Graupera Aloma
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In 1998, he made headlines after scoring in his first professional game, the Super Cup final. After waiting for a few months, he finally made his La Liga debut. In 1998, he joined Barcelona club and immediately became one of its superstars. Multiple magazines and organizations in the 1990s honoured him by naming him their player of the year. Additionally, in 2004, he was chosen as the team's vice-captain.

Profile summary

Full nameXavi Crues Hernandez
Date of birth25 January 1980
Age42 (as of October 2022)
Zodiac signCapricorn
Place of birthTerrassa, Spain
Current residenceSpain, Barcelona
Height in feet5'6"
Height 170cm
Weight 66kgs
Weight 150lbs
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBrown
ParentsJoaquim (father), Maria Merce (mother)
SiblingsOscar, Benny, Alex, Ariadna, Dianalaura
OccupationFootball Coach
Former clubsBarcelona FC
Position playedMidfield
Current teamBarcelona FC (coach)
National teamSpain
Net worth$40 million
Social mediaInstagram

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Xavi Hernandez's age

He was born on 25th January 1980. He is 42 years as of October 2022. At age 11, he enrolled in Barcelona's La Masia youth system, and in August 1998, he made his professional debut for the club in a match against Mallorca.

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Xavi Hernandez's wife

Xavi Hernandez's wife
Xavi Hernandez, a former football player for Barcelona, holds hands with his wife. Photo: Eitan Abramovich
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According to reports, Nuria Cunillera and Hernandez met in 2012 and decided to get married on July 13, 2013. The beautiful pair tied the knot in Girona, Spain. The couple welcomed their first child, a beautiful daughter named Asia, in January 2016, and three years later, in November 2019, they welcomed their first son, Dan.

Xavi Hernandez's family

Xavi Hernandez's family
Members of Xavi's family in Bibo, Doha. Photo: @xavi on Instagram. (modified by author)
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You can be counted among the wealthy if you come from a football family. That is because of the high salaries in the world of football. This is the situation that Xavi finds himself in. He comes from a famous and prosperous football dynasty. 

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His Father

Xavi's dad, Joaquinun Hernánde Garciaca, played football in Mexico. After retiring from playing, Joaquin coached several Catalan teams, including some in the Third Division. He is a guide and teacher to his son, Xavi.

His Mother

Maria Mercè Creus is the proud mother of Xavi. The veteran FC Barcelona midfielder once stopped himself from leaving the Catalan giants because of his "war" mother.

Xavi Hernandez’s Siblings

Ariadna Hernández (sister), Dianalaura Hernández (brother), Oscar Hernandez (brother), Alex Hernandez (brother), and Dianalaura Hernández (brother) are all of Xavi’s siblings.

Xavi Hernandez in Barcelona

Xavi Hernandez in Barcelona
Barcelona's former midfielder Xavi Hernandez celebrates after scoring during a second-leg semi-final football match in the Spanish Cup. Photo: Lluis Gene
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He is a former player and now a manager in the Spanish professional football league and currently oversees the affairs of the Barcelona team in La Liga. The passing, vision, ball retention and positioning that made him one of the best midfielders of all time are just some of the reasons why he joined Baca as a coach. The former midfielder is also one of the few members of the team to have participated in four of the five Champions League titles the club has won.

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Xavi Hernandez's coaching career

In the Qatar Super Cup, his squad prevailed over Al-Duhail. In his managerial career, this is his first trophy. As manager of Al Sadd, a Qatari team, he brought home five titles.

Since November 2021, he has been leading FC Barcelona as its head coach. After Ronald Koeman's departure, he was brought back to Barcelona as the team's manager, with a contract that runs through June of 2024.

Xavi Hernandez's achievements

Xavi Hernandez's achievements
Nominee for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football, Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola (left) and nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, Xavi (right) and Messi. Photo: Franck Fife
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The 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or finalists included Xavi, Lionel Messi, and Andrés Iniesta, all of whom played for Barcelona with him. He lost the popular vote to Messi and Iniesta but beat out Messi to earn World Soccer's Player of the Year title.

He tied Miguel's club record of 549 appearances on 2nd January 2011, when he played against Levante. After this game, he surpassed César as Barcelona's most seasoned player in history.

He was given the captaincy for his final year with the Barca organization. Additionally, he became the eighth player in history to reach 500 appearances in La Liga.

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He made his farewell appearance for Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final, replacing Andrés Iniesta in the 78th minute. The team went on to win the European Cup by defeating Juventus with Xavi at the helm. With this victory, Barcelona made history as the first club to repeat success as domestic league, domestic cup, and European Cup champions.

Xavi Hernandez's trophies

Word cupWinner1x2010 South Africa
European ChampionshipWinner2x2012 Poland/Ukraine, 2008 Austria/Switzerland
Confederations CupRunners-up1x2013 brazil
EC QualificationWinner1x2008 Austria/Switzerland
La LigaWinner8x2014/2015, 2012/2013, 2010/2011, 2009/2010, 2008/2009, 2005/2006, 2004/2005, 1998/1999
Runners-up6x2021/2022, 2013/2014, 2011/2012, 2006/2007, 2003/2004, 1999/2000
Stars LeagueWinner2x 2020/2021, 2018/2019
Runners-up2x2017/2018, 2016/2017
Copa Del ReyWinner4x2014/2015, 2011/2012, 2008/2009, 1997/1998
Runners-up2x2013/2014, 2010/2011
QSL CupWinner1x2019/2020
Emir CupWinner3x2021, 2020, 2017
Runners-up2x2019, 2016
Super CupWinner6x2013/2014, 2011/2012, 2010/2011, 2009/2010, 2006/2007, 2005/2006
Runners-up3x2012/2013, 1999/2000, 1998/1999
Qatar CupWinner3x2021, 2020, 2017
Sheikh Jassem CupWinner2x2019, 2017
Copa CatalunyaWinner1x2013/2014
Trofeo Joan GamperWinner1x2022
UEFA Champions LeagueWinner4x2014/2015, 2010/2011, 2008/2009, 2005/2006
UEFA Super CupWinner2x2011/2012, 2009/2010
FIFA Club World CupWinner2x2011 Japan, 2009 UAE
Runners-up1x2006 japan
Audi CupWinner1x2011

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Xavi Hernandez's assists

In his club and international careers, he racked up 238 assists. Moreover, he has contributed to 214 assists in club football and 24 for the Spanish national team.

Xavi Hernandez's career

Xavi Hernandez's career
The FC Barcelona team celebrates the victory during La Liga match 29 between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Bernabeu on March 23, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Miguel Ruiz
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In his first year as a senior international player in 1998, he made headlines all around the country. On his La Liga debut, he scored a goal that Barca won 3-1. As a result of his outstanding play during the season, he was honoured as La Liga's Newcomer of the Year.

He was promoted to vice-captain in 2004 and capably led the club to back-to-back La Liga and Supercopa de Espana titles for Barcelona. He was also named the La Liga Spanish Player of the Year.

He was named the Euro 2008 tournament's Most Valuable Player for his spectacular play, which included several highlight-reel assists and passes. In the 2009 Copa del Rey final, Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1, and he scored a goal in that game.

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Who was better, Xavi or Iniesta?

According to statistics, Iniesta, 33, has more trophies than Xavi, 31, making him the Spanish player with the most awards. For Barcelona, Xavi has scored 58 more goals than Iniesta's 35.

How many Champions League titles has Xavi Hernandez won?

How many Champions League titles has Xavi won?
Barcelona's midfielder Xavi celebrated with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League win at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6, 2015. Photo: Patrick Stollarz
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He began his football career in Barcelona. With Barcelona, he won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles.

How many goals did Xavi score in his career?

He has scored 84 goals in all competitions. That includes the major national tournaments.

Where is Xavi Hernandez now?

He is currently the manager of Barcelona, colloquially known as Barça. Xavi Hernandez is considered among the best midfielders in the game's history. Barcelona's domination over the previous few decades is partly due to his efforts.

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